Originally posted by Muaddib
Originally posted by Mayet
I would actually like to know why so many people are so vehemantly vocal against the global warming theory. It seems evidence is mounting up to
support the scientific claims of global warming, yet there are so many opposed to the theory? Why is this? Why is it so hard to believe that we have
polluted this planet enough for it to undergo rapid changes? Do these opponants of the theory think that humans do not make a difference to the
There are three camps when it comes to this issue. There are people that believe that only human activities are causing global warming. There are
the skeptics who believe that it is only a natural cycle and that human activity has done nothing to worsen global warming, and there is a third group
who believes that there is a natural cycle, which we are currently going through, but that human activities also worsen and accelerate the results of
I happen to belong to the third group. Also, even though there is global warming, the end result would be the cooling of portions of the world when
the North Atlantic conveyor belt slows down even more, and possibly stops.
This current brings warm waters to the northern parts of the globe and allows for warm summers and mild winters. Global warming melts the glaciers
from the poles at unprecedented levels and releases a lot of fresh, desalinated water, which in turn breaks the balance needed for the gulf stream to
bring warm waters, and summer, to the northern latitudes.
The skeptics seem to not want to believe this because there are people in the believers camp that use this problem to try to stop all forms of human
activities, which would be catastrophic not only to the economy of the world, but because the lives of many, if not most people in the world depend on
the use of oil and it's derivatives.
[edit on 11-8-2005 by Muaddib]
There are so many factors too, I believe that you may have forgotten
with respect to Global Warming. The North Atlantic OScillation is only one of those factors.
Let's not forget something about that conveyor..even were it to shut down completely, the Atlantics ability
to bring warm air to parts of the northern hemisphere would be driven by wind alone. To cause
catastrophic events would take probably more than a sole shutdown of that oscillation.
I think things some scientists and "global warming experts" arent taking too seriously
into account are the effects underwater volcanism is having on the atmoshpere.
While the levels of GHG's (green house gases) are at an all time high historically recorded,
ice core records show that they have been at substantially higher levels in times past
where there was no human influence on atmospheric conditions.
I believe humans are responsible for a part (albeit smaller part than most think) of global warming,
however, there have been in excess of 4000 undersea volcanic eruptions this year alone.
That kind of power is more likely to be warming the seas at an accelerated rate than a CO2
from human only influence theory. Also, scientists to this day arent 100% positive
as to the solar cycle's influence on the global barometer as well as solar flares.
I think we may be seeing a series of global conditions coming into play that our history has never before seen.
This coupled with our seemingly irresponsible outpouring of GHG's into the atmosphere
will more than likely end pretty tragically. But like someone posted on here
the atmosphere will stabilize in its own time without our influence.